Silent Auction to Water and Waves Gala Dinner
Recently AVD were proud to provide a Silent Auction service to the Water & Waves Gala Dinner supporting the Seaman’s Mission and Air-Sea Rescue Trust. The service enabled guests to text bids, using their mobile phones, during the dinner. The bids were updated live on screens, increasing competition for items so pushing up the prices and generating more funds. The Silent Auction raised 25% more than expected and at a fraction of the cost compared to a keypad based service.
Traditionally Silent Auctions were run using pen and paper and more recently keypad based systems provided a convenient solution but at greater expense. However using our service the Water & Waves Silent Auction enjoyed the convenience of keypads but minus the cost and headaches of managing expensive equipment. See here for more details
This year we anticipate increasing demand for this service as charities seek to reduce costs and increase revenues. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we could assist you to do just that at your next event!
Care Commission to take interactivity to forums.
The Care Commission (Now the Care Inspectorate) bought 100 Reply mini+ keypad audience response system from AV Department with SNAP voting software. They use the system at forums which are attended by supported persons and carers. The SNAP software allows presenters to prepare their slides in PowerPoint with out the need for loading any software on to their machines. The SNAP system opens a PPT file and recognises bullet pointed options as a possible questions and automatically offers the presenter to ‘ask or not to ask’, complete with result graphics. An advantage to buying from AV Department is the knowledge that you are able to hire extra keypads for those rare occasions when you need additional capacity. Demos and ‘try before you buy’ hires are available.
Silent Auction to Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)
AV Department Ltd provided silent auction services to CHAS’s & The Scottish Sun’s Miss Scotland Tiara Ball and Auction. The glamorous star-studded evening held at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel was hosted by Lorraine Kelly and Miss Scotland Nicola Mimnagh and raised a fantastic total of £70,000
Just 8 lots in the silent auction contributed a very healthy £4,531.00 to the evening’s total.
AVD advised on the introduction of the silent auction and on how to bid together with AVD’s extensive FAQ on the service this allowed the client to produce clear instructions for the Lot catalogue.
During the dinner, guests (using their own mobile phones) texted their bids to a 5 digit short code text number ‘80010’ the text bid followed the format of the lot number ‘Lot5’ followed by the bid value and, if required, an identifying name. If a name is not provided the last 4 digits of the sending number are displayed ‘…7662’. The received bids are then displayed via a moderated display.
All submitted bids were confirmed by a reply txt thanking the bidder for their support and giving further contact details.
The key advantages over paper based auctions are:- No need to leave your table to bid, No bits of paper to collect, Fast bidding process, Time stamped bid tracking, Bid confirmations. The advantages over keypad based auctions are:- No proprietary keypads are needed, Always the correct number of handsets available, Greatly reduced costs, Multiple cost and service options available.
CHAS hope to use the technology again in future events.
Visit Scotland host interactive day for staff.
Visit Scotland is Scotland’s national tourism aurthority with staff spread through out the country all involved in promoting Scotland as a premium destination. With such a distributed staff it is important that all employees are aware of the important contribution they all make to the greater organisation. Reply IQ Audience Response keypads were utilised in the plenery and break out sessions for assesing staff attitudes to topics and knowledge levels of key themes. Deletext was also deployied to gather comments and thoughts through out the day to allow staff to pose questions and make comments quickly and anonomsly. The organisers where then able to answer and react to comment dynamically during the event while all delegates where still in attendance, rather than waiting on paper event feedback forms.
Community Health Partnership uses Audience Response
Kirkcaldy & Levenmouth Community Health Partnership (CHP) is part of NHS Fife. CHPs use the expertise and skill of their staff to improve services, they take decisions which make a real difference in their local community. CHPs ensure that their staff are fully supported and able to make decisions to set clinical priorities. AVD recently helped Kirkcaldy & Levenmouth CHP to prioritise long term conditions by utilizing an Audience Response system. The process initially asked committee members to identify themselves as a GP, Nurse, Pharmacist etc.. these ‘filters’ are then used to reveal any major differences in opinion between groups, differences that would have been lost in an overall response. Presentations are given and the members of the CHP are asked to prioritise the ‘directional options’ of each clinical area. Every option is ranked by every member with close attention being paid to the number of responses being received to ensure that every ones opinion is counted. Reviewing of the polled results allowed the client to develop ranked priorities. With the session conducted in an afternoon it was the clients opinion that “the system allowed us to avoid a long and detailed consultation exercise “